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Mission’s Lady Bulldogs learning the ropes

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ST. IGNATIUS – Friday brought Plains to the Lady Bulldogs home volleyball court. Mission fired up the crowd with a 3-1 win.

This was a big win for the Lady Bulldogs as they’ve come close, but couldn’t quite pull off a win in previous games.

Head coach Kendal Baldwin was happy to see how well the girls played.

“In the past we have been really close,” Baldwin said. “It was great to actually be able to finish.”

Senior Kaylie Durglo led the team with six kills and 14 digs in the four-match game. Durglo is also starting to show strong leadership for the Lady Bulldogs. According to Coach Baldwin, Durglo has stepped up as a senior after last year’s more timid season as a junior.

As the Lady Bulldogs came out with the “ace stomp” 17 times throughout the sets, junior Jordyn Eichert brought her A game at the serve line with eight aces of her own.

On Saturday Mission took on Eureka at home. Though they fell 1-3, each set was close with the Lady Bulldogs putting up a tough battle against the Lady Lions.

Juniors Lindsey Johnson and Emilie Charlo are proving strong up the middle. With height restrictions going against them, Baldwin is impressed with their ability to make it work and play tough. 

“They’re playing really smart,” she said. 

Johnson had seven kills and 15 digs and Charlo laid down four aces.

With only two senior players and a team dominated by juniors, the Lady Bulldogs have their work cut out in the experience department. Coach Baldwin won’t let that hinder their progress and is pleased with the growth she is seeing. 

“They have all the skills they need to get it done,” she said. It’s the “mental barrier” of the game the young team will gain as the season plays out.

The Lady Bulldogs will hit the road for the next to games, meeting with Deer Lodge Sept. 19 and then heading to Loyola Sept. 24.

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